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This article was published on August 1, 2019


Google is testing a subscription for premium Android apps and games

Google is testing a subscription for premium Android apps and games
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

It seems like Google is looking to ramp up its effort to increase Play Store revenue. As per Android Police’s report published today, the company is testing a monthly subscription service called ‘Play Pass’ to grant you access to a bouquet of premium Android apps and games.

According to the report, the monthly pass will cost you $4.99, and in return, it’ll give you access to a bunch of apps without any ads, fees, or in-app purchases. From screenshots obtained by the publication, it’s evident that the premium pass catalog will include puzzle games to music and fitness apps.

Credit: Android Police
Screenshots of Google Play Pass service

Credit: Android Police

Meanwhile, Apple’s also set to release its Arcade game pass service this fall.

Google has confirmed that it is testing this service, there are no details yet on when it’ll become widely available, and in which countries.

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